Composite images in Digital Photo Professional Ver. 4.x

Article ID: ART168804 | Date published: 10/30/2017 | Date last updated: 04/06/2020


Learn how to combine more than one image into a single composite image using Digital Photo Professional ver. 4.x.


About image compositing

You can combine more than one image with the compositing tool for artistic effect. 
  • All image types are supported.
  • The color space of the background image is used as the color space for the composited image.
  • Image data is not appended to the data for the background image.
  • 32-bit Windows operating systems are not supported. 

Steps to composite an image

  1. Select a background image in the main window.
    Select images for composting
  2. Select Tools -> Start Compositing
  3. The compositing tool window appears. Select the image to combine from the Foreground Image dialog. A preview of the combined image is shown.
  4. Select a compositing method and, if available, adjust the sliders and angles to get the effect you want. 
    Composite method Contents
    Add The background image and [Foreground Image] are added and images are combined.
    Average The background image and the [Foreground Image] are combined in proportions of 50% each.
    If you want to change the proportion of the [Foreground Image], select [Weighted].
    Weighted Set the proportion of the [Foreground Image] and then combine the background image and [Foreground Image].
    Lighten The background image and the [Foreground Image] are compared, with only brighter portions of the [Foreground Image] being combined.
    Darken The background image and the [Foreground Image] are compared, with only darker portions of the [Foreground Image] being combined.

  5. Position the images. By default, the images are aligned along the center but you can adjust the position with the direction pad or by entering coordinates. 
    Composted images
  6. Select Save As, specify the settings, select Save and then Continue to combine the images.
  7. Select Close.

Good to know

You can composite RAW images but there are some conditions: 
  • Both images must be RAW
  • The same camera, or two cameras of the same model were used. 
  • The ISO speed is the same.
  • The highlight tone priority setting is the same.
  • The original image sizes are the same.
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer and Picture Style Auto are not available. 

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